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This Day in Georgia History

November 06, 1998

Gingrich Announced Resignation

As a result of unexpected Democratic victories nationwide in the Nov. 3 general elections, Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced that he would not seek reelection as Speaker. Further, even though overwhelmingly reelected to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District three days earlier, Gingrich announced that he would resign at the end of his current congressional term in early Jan. 1999, thus necessitating a special election to fill his vacated seat. Gingrich attributed the reason for his departure his belief that he had become a “lightning rod” for opposition to the Republican Party.